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4 top bike trends for 2019

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Whether you cycle for fun, for sport or to get from point A to point B, you’re sure to find something of interest among the latest innovations in bikes and bike accessories. Here are four trends worth noting.

1. Disc brakes
Once exclusively found on mountain bikes, disc brakes are becoming an increasingly common feature on road bikes. It’s anticipated that eventually this will become the norm.

A number of top-of-the-line bikes that came out in 2018, such as the Trek Emonda, Giant Propel Advanced and Scott Foil, came with disc brakes as a standard feature.

So why the shift?

Disc brakes offer various advantages over cantilever brakes. They provide more stopping power, better performance in wet conditions and they don’t wear out the rim.

2. Electronic shifters
For several years now, electric shifters have been making their mark and they’re only getting more common — and more technologically advanced.

While they’re most often found on road bikes, a number of mountain bikes are now being equipped with them.

Electric shifters allow for more rapid gear changes, require less maintenance and can be automatically recalibrated.

3. E-bikes
2018 was a huge year for electric bikes, with models from brands like Giant, Bianchi and Focus selling big and electric bike-share programs starting up in numerous cities.

E-bikes are an especially popular option for commuters. However, they’re also gaining in popularity among mountain bikers.

4. Indoor training technologies
Smart trainers and indoor cycling apps are making at-home training much more stimulating. The latest smart trainers (stands that support your bike at the rear wheel and that are wirelessly connected to your devices) are controlled remotely by apps on your phone, tablet or computer.

One of the most popular apps right now is Zwift, which not only allows you to cycle through virtual worlds but also to join group rides and take part in races.

Other apps such as TrainerRoad and The Sufferfest provide training plans tailored to riders’ goals as well as real-time fitness and progress data.

As you can see, there’s a lot for you to get excited about — possibly enough to keep you busy until next spring!

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How hybrid clubs can improve your game

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Over the last 10 years, hybrids have increasingly become a staple club among regular golfers. If you’re iffy about adding one to your own bag, here’s what you should know.

What are hybrids, exactly?
Hybrid clubs are those with a design borrowing from both woods and irons. They’re forgiving and far-hitting like woods but retain the familiar swing mechanics of irons.

The weight of hybrid clubs is concentrated low in the head of the golf club and toward the back. Compared with long irons, the clubs they typically replace in your bag, hybrids have more loft and longer shafts. These characteristics allow you to hit the golf ball higher and further when compared with a long iron and more consistently than a wood.

How to hit a hybrid
Hybrids should be played like an iron and not a wood. This means you shouldn’t try to sweep the ball but instead hit at a downward attack angle. Hybrids won’t usually take divots, but you should strike the ground after the ball as though to take a divot.

As for ball position, you should line up as you would with a 3-iron: with the ball toward the front foot, but not as far forward as with a wood.

Other uses for hybrids
Hybrids are also great for punch shots and hitting from difficult lies, which is why they’re also known as rescue clubs. Moreover, they can be used for pitch shots around the green. This requires that you choke down on the grip and use a putter-stroke.

If you’re looking to take a few strokes off your scorecard, using a hybrid club may be the answer.

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One emotion is a social media pandemic

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Anger.

Joy.

Sadness.

Disgust.

In more or less that order, researchers have found that social media emotions move from one to another until huge circles of people have it.

That’s fine if it is about a feel-good cat clip, but it is a feature of viral content that nothing moves faster than anger.

Wharton School professor Jonah Berger says anger sells because it is a high arousal emotion that fires people up and drives them to pass the emotion on. Wharton’s recent study analyzed 7,000 articles published during a 3-month period. He found that people’s reaction to the articles — not necessarily the tone of the articles — was what made an article go viral.

So, for example, a controversial figure posts on your favorite social media platform. The people who dislike him or her are provoked to anger. The people who like him or her are mobilized and subsequently resentful of the people provoked to anger.

Anger travels through the groups person-to-person like the flu.

People who constantly engage in social media debate get tangled in a web of anger that raises blood pressure, heart beat, anxiety, and stress.

Chronic anger, says anger management coach John Schinnerer, can lead to a host of bad physical symptoms. It has been linked to insomnia, brain fog, fatigue, and anxiety. When anger becomes a lingering mood, it can cause increased heart attack risk, higher blood pressure, migraines, depression, and stroke.

When social media gets toxic, people have to break the cycle of anger.

Some recommendations:

– Become more aware of anger in the present moment, according to US News. Try to pause and look at anger with curiosity. Maybe ask yourself if you will let this person control your emotions.

– Breathe deeply, get some exercise.

– Try progressive muscle relaxation by tightening and releasing major muscle groups in succession.

– Avoid mobs of angry posters.

– Log out.

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Beware! Coronavirus used as bait in phishing attacks

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Although the Wuhan coronavirus has not caused significant infections in the U.S., it is still being used in email phishing attacks to infect computers.

The infected emails contain links to pdfs or .doc files that purport to be a list of people in the area infected with the virus. The links may appear to come from the Centers for Disease Control, but in fact, redirect users to a page that appears to be Outlook. Or, it can offer ‘safety measures’ in the form of a pdf. Clicking on any of these links exposes users to malware designed to access bank accounts, financial data, and bitcoin wallets, according to Bleeping Computer.

It’s worth noting that major events or holidays have also been used with these phishing attempts. It was infamously used to invite recipients to a demonstration by global warming activist Greta Thunberg. It has also been used in invitations to Christmas and Halloween parties.

Protect yourself by never opening attachments unless confirming over the phone with the sender.

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The different types of retirement homes

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If you’re looking for a retirement home for yourself or a loved one, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and confused. How¬ever, it helps to first understand what types of residences are available and what they can offer you. Here are the four main kinds of retirement homes available to seniors.

Independent living
This type of facility is ideal for seniors in good health but who no longer want to deal with the hassles of homeownership. Meal and housekeeping services are often available, but residents live in their own apartment and care for themselves.

Assisted living
Assisted living homes are best for seniors who can still live alone but need a little help with the more challenging parts of their daily routine. Meal and housekeeping services are generally included, as are help with dressing and personal hygiene.

Complex care
This type of care is designed for seniors who need a high level of assistance, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Residents have access to care 24-hours a day.

Respite care
Respite care facilities can benefit both seniors and their caregivers. It offers short-term arrangements to those who are recovering from illness or surgery or whose caregivers need a break.

In addition, many residences offer continuous care, which means that they offer services for seniors who require different levels of care. This allows people to remain in the same location as their needs change.

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3 standard job interview questions and how to answer them

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Do you have an upcoming job interview that you want to ace? If so, here’s how to answer three often-asked questions.

1. What can you tell us about yourself?
This open-ended question can be hard to answer. However, it’s the perfect opportunity to sell yourself as the best fit for the position. Prepare your answer ahead of time and focus on demonstrating how your most prominent qualities make you well-suited for the job

2. What’s your greatest weakness?
The trick with this question is to focus on the steps that you’re taking to overcome your shortcomings. For example, if your greatest weakness is that you lack punctuality, explain what you’re doing to manage your time better. This will show your potential employer that you’re both aware of your flaws and willing to make changes to remedy them.

3. Why do you think you’re the right candidate?
If you want to make a lasting impression, you’ll have to differentiate yourself from other applicants. To do this, research the company and its mission and explain why you want to work with them. Also, be sure to focus on the unique qualities and talents that you can bring to the role.

In order to make the best possible impression, make sure you’re prepared for the interview. Learn as much as you can about the company and the position you’re applying for and run through these and other job interview questions.

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A beginner’s guide to golf etiquette

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Etiquette is fundamental to the game of golf. Before playing your first round, be sure to have a good grasp on the basic dos and don’ts.

Understand the rules
It’s a good idea to first familiarize yourself with the rules of the game as outlined by the United States Golf Association (USGA). In addition, you should learn the specific rules and regulations of the course you’re playing. These are often printed on the scorecard and posted in the clubhouse or pro shop.

Follow the dress code
Wear a collared shirt with either khakis, golf slacks, a golf skirt or golf shorts. You’ll also need golf shoes. Some clubs have a more specific dress code, so always check in advance.

Be respectful to fellow golfers
Show consideration to other players on the course by following these conventions:

• Be punctual. Arrive promptly for your tee time to avoid holding up the group behind you.

• Care for the course. Replace divots, repair ball marks, rake bunkers and keep golf bags and carts off tees and greens.

• Don’t move or talk when another player is hitting the ball.

• Make sure your phone is off or set to silent.

• If your ball is in danger of hitting someone, yell “fore.”

• Allow the player who’s furthest from the pin to play first.

• Respect the pace of play. If your group is slow, allow the golfers behind you to play through.

• Don’t step in another player’s putting line, as you could leave an imprint on the green.

As a final tip, seek out golf partners who know the game well so you can listen to their advice and follow their example.

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